Howe believes Ramsdale's loan spell with relegated Chesterfield "could be the making of him".
"And although it was also a bitterly disappointing one, it could be the making of him.
"The idea with loan players is they go and do very well but really what you are sending them out for is experience.
"They need to take it all in, feel whatever happens and realise the importance of it.
"Aaron played in League Two and for a club whose Football League status was at stake and you can't underestimate the importance of that.
"We have been there and we know so that will do him the world of good.
"It was a painful experience but I want him to use that pain as a motivation to further his career.
"We believe in his talent, we believe in the player and we believe in the personality.
"Sending him on loan could be one of the best decisions we made. I am pleased he played a lot of games.
"He was a key player for them but, ultimately, it ended in disappointment."